New York City FC’s star midfielder Mix Diskerud has revealed to Empireofsoccer.com that playing with Frank Lampard was one of the main motivations for him choosing the MLS expansion side over other European offers.
Diskerud, 24, left Norwegian side Rosenborg at the start of 2015 after his contract expired and was linked to a host of clubs in the weeks following, with MLSsoccer.com reporting interest from the Bundesliga and Eredivisie.
Celtic, who had been named as potential suitors in the summer, were also in the hunt for his signature, per the likes of the Scotsman, with manager Ronny Deila understand to big fan of the US international from his time in the Tippeligaen.
However, the creative number 10 instead opted to head across the Atlantic to join NYCFC, where he made an immediate impact in their first-ever MLS fixture, netting his side’s goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with fellow expansion side Orlando City SC in front of a 62,000 crowd at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Jason Kreis’ side had to do battle against their Kaka-led opponents without star signing Lampard, who won’t arrive until the summer when his loan spell at parent club Manchester City ends, but Diskerud remains hugely excited at the prospect of linking up with the England legend to form what should be the league’s best midfield tandem.
“I met him in Manchester. Terrific guy,” said Diskerud, referring to their preseason trip to the Premier League club’s Etihad training complex. “I can’t wait to play next to him!
"He knew a lot of things about me. He did his research. That was fun, having a guy like Frank Lampard know things about me.
“I told Frank the midfield will be safe until he comes, so there is nothing to worry about.
“I just can’t wait to play with him,” he continued. “He had been involved in a lot of good things in soccer and hopefully I can learn a lot of good things from him.”